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Feb 25, 2013 at 05:38pm IST

Jon Stewart to Billy Crystal: 10 funniest Oscar hosting moments of all time

Rookie Oscar host Seth MacFarlane casually slung a string of zingers at some of Hollywood's biggest names, including a musical tribute to female frontal nudity in the movies, as he launched the Academy Awards show on a decisively edgy note. It's never been easy hosting what is cinema's biggest night. Comedians have both excelled and failed at setting the pace for an evening when most of Hollywood's biggest contenders are nervous. We've picked these 10 great moments to laugh with these hosts as they work the script to make their audience titter.

Whoopi Goldberg's opening monologue at the 71st Academy Awards

Billy Crystal's Hannibal Lecter skit

Billy Crystal Oscars Opening -- 1997 Academy Awards

Steve Martin hosting the Oscars

Ellen's Oscar® monologue

Ben Stiller presenting the Oscar for Best Makeup

Eddie Murphy hosts the 84th Annual Academy Awards

Billy Crystal Oscars Opening -- 1992 Academy Awards

David Letterman Hosts The Oscars - The 67th Academy Awards 1995

Jon Stewart's Oscar monologue